Mr. Holland's Opus
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Mr. Holland's Opus
A teacher belatedly discovers just how important his job really is in this emotional drama. Glenn Holland (Richard Dreyfuss) is a man with a deep love of music and a desire to write at least one piece of lasting significance. However, playing piano in cocktail lounges while he works on his own compositions doesn't pay the bills, so in 1965 he reluctantly accepts a job as a high school music teacher. Over the next 30 years, Holland is able to teach a great deal about both music and life to thousands of kids who pass through the various classes he leads and school bands he directs; however,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This idealized tribute to a charismatic teacher who devotes himself to music appreciation has the same old-fashioned texture and sticky sentimentality as Goodbye Mr. Chips (of 1939), but Dreyfuss gives an effective, surprisingly restrained performance"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"A touching, uplifting and life-affirming winner that makes it hard to avoid leaving the theater teary-eyed, with a lump in your throat."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Doesn't hold up. The schmaltz doesn't work. What does "Play the sun" mean?"
‑ Fred Topel,
"Extraordinary movie about how a job can be transformed into a soul-satisfying vocation."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An overwrought Disney weeper."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Who knew the director of Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead was capable of making a profoundly moving drama?"
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Yea, it is filled with cliches, but it still is an engaging outing."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Holland may have been a failed composer, but he's a master at playing the heartstrings."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"One of Dreyfuss' best performances EVER."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"'Mr. Holland's Boring Cliche'"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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